What are persistent links (permalinks)? Permalinks can be used to direct your students to specific resources in Freel Library databases. These links can be added to your print or online syllabus, pasted into a Canvas course page or sent out via email. Not only do permalinks contain the information that takes the user to a specific book, film or article, they also contain information that allows the database provider to verify the user’s right to access the information the link takes them to.
The permalink and the URL in the web browser address bar at the top of the page are not the same. Using the link in your address bar will cause broken links and student frustration. The directions below will help you find the permalink for materials in a number of our most popular databases.
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Add from any database using Search Everything: Using the External Tools feature in Canvas, you can add an item from any of our databases directly within Canvas.
EBSCO: EBSCO provides a permalink for each citation in its databases and the Search Everything tool. You will find a list of Tools on the right side of each citation page. Click on permalink or the permalink icon (a two-link chain) and a persistent link address will be generated and displayed above the article title. You can then copy and paste this link in your syllabus, Canvas course page or an email. More information here.
Ebook Central: Permalinks for Ebook Central are on the left hand side of the screen under the book information. You also have the option of linking directly to a chapter in a book. More information here.